Director, Field Research
Alicia’s portfolio includes writing and research projects related to out-of-school time, youth program quality and postsecondary success. She manages the Forum’s Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary series and is an author of and contributor to many Forum products, including the Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 series.
Prior to joining the Forum in 2002, Alicia served as a program manager in the adolescent division of the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, where she was responsible for developing curricula and launching the Trainer Certification Program, which prepares community-level trainers in youth development. She managed regional youth worker and teacher training initiatives in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Alicia holds diverse training and facilitation experience in the areas of youth-focused practice and policy. She has served as an adjunct faculty member in social work at Eastern Michigan University, and as an advisor to local and national nonprofits and committees focused on youth development.
Alicia has completed fellowships with the Coro Foundation for Public Affairs, the New Leaders Academy and the Moody Exchange Fellowship for Professional Study in South Africa. She holds Master of Public Policy and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Calvin College, also in Michigan.